South Sudan envisions keeping gender equality at the centre of public policy and ending inequality by 2040

South Sudan remains committed to gender equality and women’s empowerment, which are at the centre of public policy and initiatives. Even though it says it is lagging behind on many indicators around women’s empowerment, the country has taken steps to catch up with the rest of the world. Women’s health facilities have been built across the country, leading to a marked reduction in maternal and infant mortality rates. The vision and policy is to end gender inequality by 2040. Speaking at the Global Leaders’ Meeting on 27 September 2015, Vice-President James Wani Igga said: “Gender equality and women’s empowerment have been at the centre of our Government’s policy and initiatives. We are committed to that.”